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Reach the World

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Reach the World connects classrooms to travelers

Reach the World is a New York City-based nonprofit organization that makes the benefits of travel accessible to classrooms, inspiring students to become curious, confident and compassionate global citizens.

Every year since 2001, Reach the World has held an annual benefit to fundraise for the organization. The guest count is typically between 150 and 200 guests from diverse New York City and Connecticut-based industries. The event format includes cocktails, a silent auction, a sit-down dinner, and an award presentation at the end of the evening. This year's Cronkite Award will be given to Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom Video Communications.

The Annual Benefit is Reach the World's most important fundraiser. The success of this event is very dependent on the volunteer Benefit Committee members whose work and creativity make this event possible. Volunteering for the Benefit Committee is a substantive way to gain event experience, network with other NYC professionals, and give back to a good cause.

Reach the World welcomes all serious applicants to the 2020 Benefit Committee. The 2020 Benefit will take place March 31st at the Central Park Boathouse in Central Park, New York.

For more information and to apply, please fill out this online application:

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About Reach the World


222 Broadway, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10007, US

Mission Statement

Reach the World's vision is to build a pipeline of globally-competent students and educators who will succeed in and steward the 21st Century global community. RTW’s mission is to build, deploy and evaluate a set of global mentoring programs that reach and engage disadvantaged students throughout the K-16 academic cycle. Since 1998, RTW has been a leader in the effort to ensure that all students are prepared to participate, interact and thrive in today’s global community and economy. To date, RTW’s global competence programs have served more than 15,000 students and 600 teachers. The program is headquartered in New York City. The National Geographic Society Education Foundation named RTW a Model Program in Geography Education.


Reach the World transforms the energy of volunteer world travelers into a mentoring and teaching resource for disadvantaged youth. RTW selects and trains a corps of volunteer travel correspondents each semester. RTW then makes one-on-one matches between these travel correspondents and classrooms in disadvantaged public school, afterschool and summer school sites. Through a highly structured, Standards-based program of web-based journalism, videoconferencing and collaborative project-making, RTW students go on virtual journeys with their global mentors and expand their worldview in the process. RTW also delivers technology and curricular support via classroom assistants drawn from partners such as Teachers College, Columbia University.

Most of Reach the World’s travel correspondents are college students on study abroad programs around the world. In 2009, RTW began partnering with the Institute of International Education’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to engage a select group of its study-abroad scholars as volunteer correspondents for the RTW website. The Gilman Program offers awards for study abroad for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. RTW also partners with the Fulbright Program. In the future, RTW envisions working with other college and university partners that share RTW’s commitment to community service and international exchange.

Reach the World also aims to redesign geography education for the 21st Century through its GeoGames curriculum. GeoGames is a family of geography learning games originally funded by the National Geographic Society Education Foundation and based on research by Dr. Susan Lowes at Teachers College, Columbia University. GeoGames won the Travelocity GENIP Award for Excellence in Geography Education, a national honor.

Have you traveled? Has anyone shared their travel stories with you? Has this affected your worldview? If you can answer "Yes" to any of these questions, then you understand the mission of Reach the World. RTW is capitalizing upon an existing energy in our society - travelers - and turning it into an educational resource for all children and teachers. Through Reach the World, the age-old tradition of traveling and sharing stories makes the leap into the digital age - and for once, disadvantaged students are along for the ride.


Wed Jan 22, 2020 - Tue Mar 31, 2020
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM  


222 BroadwayNew York City, NY 10038



  • General Education
  • Event Design & Planning
  • Event Planning / Management
  • Fundraising




  • 1-8 hours per week

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